Please join us in Conference Room 12, United Nations Headquarters for the launch of a new policy report from United Nations University, What Comes After the War on Drugs?, exploring the upcoming UN General Assembly Special Session on the World Drug Problem in April 2016.  

The report is based on a year-long series of consultations "Identifying Common Ground for UNGASS 2016", which has involved 50 Member States, 16 UN entities, and 55 civil society organizations. The report analyses major political and policy trends leading into UNGASS 2016; cautions that the push for 'flexibility' in implementation of the drug control regime risks leading to policy fragmentation unless it is embedded in a larger, principle-based discussion; and offers six operational recommendations for strengthening the outcome of UNGASS 2016.

The authors of the report will present the key findings and recommendations of the report, followed by reactions from Member States, and key UN and civil society actors. Click here to Attend.


Dr James Cockayne, Head of Office at the UN, UN University

Ms Summer Walker, Drug Policy Project Manager, UN University


H.E Mr Jürg Lauber, Permanent Representative, Permanent Mission of Switzerland to the United Nations

H.E Mr Gorgui Ciss, Deputy Permanent Representative, Permanent Mission of Senegal to the United Nations (TBC)

Ms Simone Monasebian, Director of the New York Office, UNODC

Ms Heather Haase, Vice-Chair, Civil Society Task Force on Drug Policy

Followed by a Question and Answer Session.

Seating in Conference Room 12 is limited so please RSVP. Participants needing a UN grounds pass must register by Friday 30 October. 

Contact: Drug Policy Project Manager Ms. Leni Kinzli: 212.963.6387 or

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